April 24, 2012
Five wrestlers with Minnesota Golden Gopher wrestling ties competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials over the weekend. The group represented the Minnesota Storm and competed hard in both Greco-Roman and Freestyle, at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, IA.
Former Golden Gopher C.P. Schlatter highlighted the weekend for the Minnesota Storm. Schlatter finished runner-up in the 66kg Greco-Roman division. He defeated RaVaughn Perkins (Ready RP Nationals) by a count of 4-0, 0-1, 1-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals he picked up a 0-1,7-0,5-0 decision against Faruk Sahin (Army) to advance to the championship. Schlatter would fall to Justin Lester (Army) in the championship in a best of three series.
Dustin Schlatter recorded one win in the men’s 66kg freestyle division. He scored a 5-0,3-0 decision over Todd Meneely (UNA) in the first round, before falling to Jared Frayer (Gator Wrestling Club) 1-0, 3-0 in the quarterfinals. Schlatter ended his weekend in the consolation round after sustain an injury that forced him to forfeit.
Pat Smith also wrestled at 66kg and left with two victories. He scored a 0-2, 1-0,1-0 over Josh Castellano (USOEC) in the first round and a 0-1,1-0,5-1 decision against John Cox (U.S. Marines) in the consolation round.
Fresh off his fourth straight All-American accolade, Zach Sanders went 1-2 at 55 kg in the freestyle division. Sanders started off the weekend with a 1-0, 0-1, 1-0 decision against Angel Escobedo (NYAC) before coming up short in the quarterfinals.
Also competing over the weekend were Kevin LeValley, who is a volunteer coach for the Gophers and Jake Kettler, who was taking an Olympic year for Minnesota.
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